Quietude

 

French philosopher Simone Weil once wrote, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” With this ethos in mind, our Spotlight on Quietude is a collection of films that pay close and generous attention. Layered observations, rich cinematography and careful editing define these films, encouraging deep listening, reflection, and empathy. Wonderfully idiosyncratic, individual and even sometimes a bit odd, they are a reminder that stillness contains multitudes.

Jodie Mack | 
US |
 2017 | 
4 minutes

In this silent film, close-up shots of circuit boards, frenetically intercut with saturated images of flowers, come to resemble apocalyptic cityscapes. -SC

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:30pm
Joële Walinga | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
70 minutes

God Straightens Legs is a film about details, and the way that they embed inside of us during moments of terrible grief and sadness. The emotion that runs underneath, like an underground river, rises up, and clings to the mundane, investing it with a curious and irrevocable form of grace, that is, in itself, miraculous.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 2:30pm
Elisa Gonzalez and Daniel Froidevaux | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
45 minutes

Originally created to protect the Green Bank Radio Telescope from terrestrial radio transmissions, the National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia, is home to a community of people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:30pm
Zaheed Mawani | 
Canada/Kyrgyzstan |
 2018 | 
69 minutes

Each September, Bolot Tagaev and his family practice a centuries old tradition, harvesting walnuts in one of the oldest walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan. Over the course of a single season, director Zaheed Mawani gracefully captures delicate sequences such as a child interacting with a snake, or sacks of walnuts being laid gently across an attic bed. Stories attached to the forest are told and retold over the fire at night, adding a mythic dimension.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:30pm
Penny Lane | 
US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Using found footage and YouTube testimonials, The Pain of Others examines Morgellons, a mysterious illness that many medical professionals are quick to dismiss as a delusional or psychogenic disorder. But thousands of people around the world claim they have the syndrome, including singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:45pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Anna Frances Ewert | 
Ireland/Germany |
 2017 | 
57 minutes

This delicate study of seven monks living at a remote Irish monastery achieves a rare level of intimacy. Through the patient observation of daily routines—chapel prayers, tending livestock, and watching televised soccer matches—the film becomes a document of daily life, in its sweetness and truth.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30pm
Shevaun Mizrahi | 
US/Turkey/Netherlands |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

Life in a Turkish old folks home is ostensibly the subject of Shevaun Mizrahi’s film, but that is only the entry point into this beautifully layered observational documentary. The residents spend their days taking elevator rides to nowhere, and remembering better, more interesting days. One elderly man recounts the Parisian sex parties of his youth, while another talks about his glory days as a photographer.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:15pm